Eating for Two: Nourishing Yourself and Your Microbiome

by Meagan Morse, CNM We’ve all heard the sayings, “your gut feeling,” and “trust your gut.” It’s ancient wisdom that our tummies are wise. Now, with emerging research on the gut microbiome, we’re learning just how true that is! We’re also learn…

Relaxing Into the Hormone RELAXIN

by Susan Moore Daniels, CNM, MSN “My low back is so out of whack!” “My pubic bone is screaming!” “My knees and feet feel so uneasy!” Yet the change can be redeeming. RELAXIN is still a bit of a mysterious hormone, in that it …

Relax.Have Sex and Eat Chocolate!

What if I told you that some of  the best things to help prepare your body for labor and birth are to relax, have sex or orgasm and eat dark chocolate? Not only is this true but scientifically proven! Let’s talk about it!  Befo…


THEY/THEM Ease…. and the Distress with BREASTS by Susan Moore Daniels I have been a midwife and a mother for more than 3 decades now. I guess maybe that makes me kind of an old-bird. So here are some random shared experiences from thi…

Taking Pride in their work

Ask around, and you’ll hear that there is something wonderfully supportive about being surrounded by the Dar a Luz community. And the truth is even though our family is complete, our community of friends keeps growing thanks to them.  My n…

Mother’s Day Activities

by Nakonah Secatero, Administrative Coordinator  As I brainstormed ideas for ways to spend Mother’s day with your loved one, I thought to myself, “where did Mother’s day come from?” How did it become a holiday? It’s quite interesting, Moth…

Supporting our People on the Journey of Growing our Families

By Claire Merritt, RN “Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”  -Brene Brown Hello Dar a Luz family! My name is Claire, and I am one of the nurses here at DAL. This summer I will celebrate my 4…

My Origins: How Did I Get Here?

by Abigail Lanin Eaves, CNM I don’t really know how old I was when I first heard my mother’s birth stories… I suspect I wasn’t more than 4 or 5 years old, mesmerized by the idea of giving birth. She talked with such ease (as I recall) abo…

Mythbusters: Birth Edition

by Alisa Henning, CNM image by Lori Martinez Photography Thanks for joining us on this myth-busting and truth-finding mission! Read on to learn more about birth and midwifery and birth center care. “Birth has always happened i…

What is Dancing for Birth™?

by Amity McElroy, Educator CIMI, CD Are you looking for a safe exercise program for pregnancy? Or maybe you want to dance your way through labor, or you would like more community postpartum…  If so, Dancing for Birth™ is for YOU! Dan…

The “Dirt” on Dirt 

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by Stephanie Sanchez RN, IBCLC Did you wash your hands? Don’t track mud in the house! Did you use hand sanitizer? Don’t eat that off the floor! Don’t touch that, you don’t know where it’s been! Have those toys been wiped down? Get that out …

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